The world is again facing the danger of an outbreak of nuclear war between Russia and America along with its Western allies. That danger has become real since 2nd August when the so-called INF agreement on the liquidation of medium and short-range rockets, signed in 1987 by then-US President Regan and Russian leader Gorbachev, stopped to be valid. The agreement came at a time of the most serious world crisis during the Cold War. It began when the Soviet Union deployed more SS-20 rockets across Europe, to which America responded by launching a rocket “pershing”. After signing the INF agreement, danger of the World War III was eliminated. Additional relief came in mid-1991 when the INF agreement was successfully implemented. The Soviet Union then destroyed 1,752 land-based ballistic and cruise rockets and America 859. Unfortunately, President Putin announced in February this year that Russia would suspend its involvement in the INF agreement, which the country later did. This was done with an explanation that America was the first that stopped to respect its obligations. Trump denied this with accusing Russia of being the first to do so. On Monday 5th August, President Putin held an operational meeting with members of the Russian Security Council. Afterwards, it was announced that the country was ready to continue strategic security talks with America, but that if they notice that America begins again with deploying short- and long-range rockets, they will respond with the same measure. Three days earlier, on 2nd August, NATO expressed its decision on ending the INF agreement. The Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, stated that they did not intend to respond to Russia by deploying new rockets across Europe, but will continue to organize military exercises, reconnaissance as well as intelligence activities and surveillance. Stoltenberg recalled that Russia begun long ago to break the INF agreement by deploying SSC-8 rockets across Europe. He added that they are dangerous because they are mobile, can carry nuclear heads, are difficult to detect and when launched on the attacked side there is extremely little time to react afterwards.
“We are sorry that Russia has not shown its willingness to honor its international duties. We will answer that, but our response will be steady and balanced”, Stoltenberg stated.